Monday, January 31, 2005

Letters to the Editor carry weight


Wanted: Letters ...

January 29, 2005
I read The Courant's Jan. 27 news story "Wanted: Letters Praising Rowland" and I nearly spit up my morning coffee.

The people of Connecticut, especially ones who think that former Gov. John G. Rowland's administration cost them business; that graft and corruption contributed to the increasing of already outrageous taxes; and who had to take ribbing from their friends in other states about the across-the-board sleaze in Connecticut should also submit letters.Rowland supporters risk being ostracized, so I don't see many signed letters from those who received illegal benefits and cash from his administration stepping forward with their support.

The huge, immeasurable feeling of too many Connecticut residents is that officials and government just can't be trusted no matter what. That is Rowland's legacy.

Let's not allow Rowland one more backroom sleazy deal to get leniency. Write in and tell the judge and prosecutor that Rowland needs to spend his life in prison, because the damage that he personally has done may never be undone.

Residents should also be allowed to testify in court as victims of the Rowland machine to give the court an idea of the magnitude of Rowland's wrongs.

Rowland didn't get up every morning as governor and think of what he could do for the people of Connecticut. He actively looked to enrich himself and his friends.

For this, Rowland needs to be punished to the full extent of the law.

Steven G. Erickson, Enfield

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...Blasting Rowland

The high and mighty have been invited to send letters to the sentencing judge in former Gov. John G. Rowland's conviction on federal corruption charges.His attorneys hope that stories, anecdotes, and personal examples of "John's concern for other people, good works, etc." will persuade U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Dorsey that character trumps culpability.

I invite all who have been touched by Rowland's character to write open letters to Judge Dorsey at U.S. District Court, 141 Church St., New Haven, 06510.The group should include mothers of children denied routine medical care when access to HUSKY was limited; state employees whose livelihood was negatively affected by Rowland's cronyism; enterprises denied a fair chance to bid on work for the state; state residents denied the best work at the best price on state contracts; anyone disgusted by the example set by John Rowland; and thousands more.

Talk about deterrents to crime. If the rich and powerful were forced to contemplate the full implications of the means they use to accumulate wealth and power, I am certain they would cease and desist.

Redemption is always possible.

One way to encourage repentance would be to impose sentences that fit the crimes of those who grab all they can regardless of whose throats they must stand upon to reach for the loot.

Give Rowland one month in prison for every child denied a warm bed, hot meal and decent education because he was diverting resources to his gift exchange, and see how quickly the lights switch on in the hearts of his ilk. He may even come to understand the true breadth of his crimes.

Cindy Moeckel, West Hartford

The above came from the Hartford Courant website.

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My email to incoming Gov. Rell of Connecticut regarding Rowland and corruption

How can there not still be sleaze in the Connecticut Governor’s Office, if former Rowland aids are answering Rell’s phones? (post)

Can cops rape, rob, beat, and murder with immunity?
(post contains pictures of young adults brutalized by police, and picture of a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette and one of the houses I fixed up from a boarded up condition)

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